Reaping the Harvest

by Andrew Stuttaford

One of the arguments for the EU’s “ever closer” union is that if momentum towards the quasi-federal something (that so few actually want) is not maintained, Europe will revert to war, extremism, and the other horrors of its past.

Fortunately the genius of the single currency and “one size fits all” has made this an impossibility.

Take this story from Der Spiegel:

The Greek right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn has established contacts with German neo-Nazis in Bavaria. The group, which is represented in Greek parliament, is also attempting to set up a cell in the southern German state. The Greek right-wing extremist party Golden Dawn is establishing close contacts with Bavarian neo-Nazis and began setting up a cell in Nuremberg last year. The party, known in Greek as Chrysi Avgi, even held a conference in the southern German city recently. Bavaria’s state intelligence agency is particularly interested in meetings that have been taking place between right-wing extremists from Greece and those in Bavaria. . . .

Golden Dawn is led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos and has called for a revolution in Greece and an “ethnically pure” nation. Members of the party are accused of physically attacking immigrants and members of the country’s left-wing. They also regularly stage intimidating marches, wearing military uniforms and singing Nazi chants, in immigrant neighborhoods of Athens. Support for the party has increased following the debt crisis and the radical austerity measures imposed on Greece by international lenders. Golden Dawn won seats in parliament for the first time in last year’s election and is currently polling at 12 percent.


Keep calm. All is well.

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